UN reports gang-rapes, mass graves in Burundi

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Jan 15 : The United Nations has documented cases of Burundi’s security forces gang-raping women during searches of opposition supporters’ houses and heard witness testimony of mass graves, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today. Violence has worsened in Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run for […]

US secures first guilty plea in UN bribery case

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Jan 15 : A former finance director at a New York foundation accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former United Nations General Assembly president became the first defendant to plead guilty in the case. The guilty plea by Heidi Hong Piao to five counts, including bribery and […]

US secures first guilty plea in UN bribery case

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK, Jan 14 : A former finance director at a New York-based foundation accused of participating in a scheme to bribe a former United Nations General Assembly president today became the first defendant to plead guilty in the case. Heidi Hong Piao, 52, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to […]

UN warns peacekeepers ill-equipped if Burundi violence spirals

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 : Sending United Nations peacekeepers to Burundi if violence worsens would be a “last resort” because the world body was not equipped to deal with an intense ethnic conflict, said a UN memo seen by Reuters today. In the memo to the UN Security Council, peacekeeping chief Herve […]

UN war crimes investigators gathering testimony from starving Syrian town

By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 12 : Residents of a besieged Syrian town have told UN investigators how the weakest in their midst, deprived of food and medicines in violation of international law, are suffering starvation and death, the top UN war crimes investigator told Reuters today. An aid convoy on Monday […]

UN war crimes investigators gathering testimony from starving Syrian town

By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 12 : Residents of a besieged Syrian town have told UN investigators how the weakest in their midst, deprived of food and medicines in violation of international law, are suffering starvation and death, the top UN war crimes investigator told Reuters today. An aid convoy yesterday brought […]